Glastonbury announces it donated £2 million to charity in 2014

The festival supported several hundred local charities

Glastonbury has revealed it donated around £2 million to charities and good causes, both locally and internationally, in 2014.

The festival supported several hundred local charities and volunteer groups last year, including Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid.

“We are extremely proud to be in a position where we can support so many great causes,”said Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement. “Thank you to everyone who comes to the festival for making this possible.”

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Foals singer Yannis Philippakis recently claimed the band turned down the opportunity to appear immediately before Florence + The Machine at this year’s Glastonbury before the slot was offered to The Libertines.

When Florence Welch and co replaced Foo Fighters as headliners following Dave Grohl’s broken leg, it meant that their previous slot second on the bill on the Pyramid Stage on June 26 became vacant.

Philippakis told Q that Foals hadn’t had chance to rehearse how to play songs from their new album ‘What Went Down’ live and didn’t want to be restricted to only playing old material.

He added that the band were too unfit to play such a prestigious show, saying: “I’d been smoking too much. Our shows are so physical that I’d have been wheezing.”